Ridley Yana / SRAM Apex Complete Bike - 2012 - $749.95

When you're just getting into cycling, or just looking to finally upgrade your old beater college bike, it's not hard to notice the massive disparity in pricing between top-of-the-line and bottom-of-the-pile bikes as you shop the brands. Thankfully, the Ridley Yana SRAM Apex Complete Bike finds itself in the performance categories closer to the top, with a price that won't leave you gasping for breath. The Yana sits at the the beginning of Ridley's race-ready women's frames, and as you'll see -- comes complete with zero compromises in women's-specific geometry, construction, and build. The Yana SRAM Apex Complete Bike is a great option if you're looking to upgrade from your steel or full aluminum bike, or are simply just getting into road cycling. Yana features an ideal blend of aluminum and carbon for the frame and fork's construction. With its mix of reliable, yet high-performing componentry, this bike will easily become your newest fitness machine, criterium racer, or weekend fun-bike. Even better is that the Yana is an exceptionally upgradable platform that you can continually invest in as you grow stronger and faster, and begin to take on more competitive rides. As Ridley's initial women's offering, the Yana has the same geometry as the Belgian company's carbon fiber Asteria race bike with a price that still leaves room in your budget for a new kit and shoes. The Yana frame is made with 7000 double-butted aluminum. The use of aluminum makes the frame stiff and responsive while still being lightweight. Adding to the frame's stiffness, while eliminating intense road vibrations, the Yana is equipped with a carbon fiber fork. This keeps the frame's overall weight down, and it creates a snappy handling sensation through curves and sprints. - $749.95